The new Mercedes-Benz V-Class Facelift comes to set new benchmarks in the segment, five years after its arrival in the market, following 209,000 units sold worldwide. The premium automaker is now planning a fully-electric MPV.
In terms of design, following the lines of the company’s passenger cars, the V-Class Facelift comes with a new bumper and with a diamond-pattern radiator grille, while the AMG Line variant receives a grille with chrome pins, supporting the star logo with two silver slats. The AVANTGARDE and EXCLUSIVE equipment lines are still available.
Four new exterior paint colors are now available, such as graphite grey metallic and selenite grey metallic, steel blue and hyacinth red metallic, together with four new light-alloy wheels design with sizes ranging from 17 to 19 inches.
New trim elements, including the equipment line tartufo and nappa leather, mark a change inside the new V. There are new air vents and new dials in the instrument cluster. Customers can tick the box for the optional luxury seats in the second row, with fully reclining function, back massage and climatization.
Lugano leather and nappa leather can be selected in black and silk beige, while a total of six different upholstery types in light and dark colors are available.
For the first time in the range, there comes the four-cylinder OM 654 diesel engine. The top-of-the-line variant, the V 300, boasts 239 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque, together with a top speed of 220 km/h and a 0-100 km/h in 7.9 seconds, reaching the best values in the MPV segment. When accelerating, the vehicle briefly gets 30 Nm of extra torque.
The V 250 d provides 190 horsepower and 440 Nm of torque. Regardless of the engine, the model is standardly equipped with a rear-wheel drive system, but the 4MATIC all-wheel drive is optionally available.
The driver can choose “Comfort” or “Sport” via the DYNAMIC SELECT switch, while an “M” mode gives him the liberty to shift manually, using the gearshift paddles mounted behind the steering wheel.
For the first time in the model range, the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission can be fitted as standard on the V 300, replacing the former 7G-TRONIC.
The facelift model gets the safety and assistance systems already integrated in the passenger cars. It thus receives, for the first time, the Active Brake Assist and the new Highbeam Assist Plus.
The facelift features also extend to the Marco Polo family van based on the V-Class, together with the new diesel engine of 239 horsepower.
The new V-Class can be ordered in Europe starting next March, with prices in Germany starting at 36,990 Euros, VAT included.
Mercedes-Benz Vans is now working on what will be the first fully-electric MPV, under the umbrella of the EQ sub-brand. The “Concept EQV” will be presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March.